Janey's special ed teacher had written to me yesterday that Janey was starting to recognize letters. I hadn't seen it in action yet, so this afternoon I drew an upper case "B" on her iPad and said "Janey, what letter is this?" She glanced at it, and said with complete ease "B!" I of course grabbed her, hugged her, teared up. She looked at me like I was a bit daffy. William saw it too, and I called Freddy in and she repeated the feat, as she did again when Tony got home. I pushed my luck and tried a few other letters, but she had done enough showing off for today. This is the first time EVER I've seen her identify a letter.
Now I sound like someone winning an Oscar, but I want to say a thank you---a huge thank you to the teachers and therapists at Janey's school who have been working with her on letters all year. A special thanks to Jen and Mr. Ken! And thanks to the iPad, an amazing little machine, which would not work in isolation but which makes Janey WANT to practice skills for hours at a time.
My negative inner voice likes to pipe up at times like this---"yeah, she's 7 and a half and she named a letter. Let's put off the ticker-tape parade" But I'll tell that inner voice to shut up for tonight. I'm very, very proud of my girl.